FOCA is the abolish-all-protections-for-babies-in-the-womb Freedom of Choice Act. The bishops want parishes to get the anti-FOCA postcards and have parishioners sign them so they can be sent to their reps in Congress.
Let's hope your parish and mine are taking part in the bishops' postcard campaign.
Obama pledged to Planned Parenthood in 2007 that he would sign FOCA into law as soon as he could. It hasn't been introduced yet in this new session of Congress.
The cardinal writes, "In defense of innocent human life, we are called to be courageous." Let's hope he doesn't really think the tiny step of doing a postcard campaign is courageous, or is all that we need to do to defend preborn babies.
After all, every day, here in L.A. and across America, pro-lifers, including grandmas and mommies with babies in strollers, take steps that are actually courageous in defense of preborn babies: Assembling outside abortion chambers for sidewalk prayer and counseling, and thus risking false accusations by the deathscorts, arrest, trial, jail terms and heavy fines.
We are indeed "called to be courageous," and that involves more than postcards.